S. . Mackey 2005
Black Gold Regional Schools
As you explore this WebQuest you will learn about the components of simple machines, how they operate and how they make our lives easier. You will also get to invent your own "wacky" machine!
It is your job in this WebQuest to be creative and invent a new machine. You will work in pairs to invent and build a simple machine that can be used in one of the following places:
Before beginning your invention you will need to have a good understanding of simple machines and how they work! Let's get started.
Learn more about simple machines like pulleys, levers, and wedges in a fun way!
Research the six types of simple machines: pulley, screw, wheel and axle, lever, inclined plane, and wedge. Use the worksheet to describe the machines you have researched. Simple Machine Worksheet
Use the resources below to complete the worksheet. Hand in to your teacher when you have completed it.
Who is Rube Goldberg?
Rube Goldberg is one of the most famous cartoonists in history. He earned lasting fame for his "Rube Goldberg machines"ódevices that are exceedingly complex and perform very simple tasks in a very indirect and convoluted way. Take a look through the GALLERY to see examples of his cartoons!
Build a Rube Goldberg Machine. Use this interactive activity to learn more about levers and pulleys. Can you put a clown on stage through the use of levers and pulley?
Create a new invention using simple machines
Work with a group, and choose one
of the following places where simple machines are used:
-on a boat
Create Your Own Invention Rubric
At the end of this WebQuest you will have learned about basic components of simple machines: how they are assembled, how they operate, and how they are used. You will have used your creativity to create a new way to make your life easier by creating a new machine.
Additional Activity: Research Famous inventors